What does Diversity, Equality and Inclusion or it’s acronym DE&I mean to you? Everyone is talking about it and writing about it but why does it matter and how do you launch a DE&I survey? Often when we hear about successful DE&I programmes, we learn from large multi-national private companies or professional services firms with an already strong culture, a highly internationalised and mobile workforce and employees who are overwhelmingly classed as white-collar.
Well in this Oven-Ready HR episode, I wanted to explore a successful DE&I ‘Climate Survey’ programme in a completely different sort of organisation; publicly owned, an overwhelmingly blue-collar and unionised workforce classed as ‘essential workers’; two thirds of whom already come from an ethnic-minority background and who often work all day in complete isolation. Adding to the complexity, this DE&I programme was run during the George Floyd protests and a global pandemic.